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Hero 2nd Division League: Raghu Nandy Wants ‘A Big Push’ Against Rainbow AC

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club manager Raghunath Nandy, wants ‘a big push’ from his team as they look to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they face Rainbow Athletic Club on Thursday, kick-off 2 pm.

The Black Panthers face Rainbow AC at Barasat Stadium in their second Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round clash, but go into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat against ATK Reserves last weekend. Rainbow AC, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Chhinga Veng FC on their Hero 2nd Division League debut on Monday.

Nandy is hoping that his side can forget about the result on Saturday and focus on getting back on track.

Speaking to mohammedansportingindia.com ahead of the clash, Nandy said, “We need a big push from the players to put the past defeat behind. We will field a team that is ready tactically, physically and with the desire to go win the game.”

It’s a match Nandy will obviously be desperate to get a reaction from his men, but has admitted he faces a tough task to lift the battered morale of his players.

“It’s never feels good when you lose a match, but we still have a lot of work to do.” Nandy said. “Even in the dressing room we are being realistic because there are still many matches to play and many points to play for. We need to remind players that it’s not the end of the world.”

Despite losing to ATK Reserves, Mohammedan SC played a good brand of football and were let down by their finishing in the last third, with one such noticeable player being Philip Adjah Tetteh, who time and again found himself in good space but failed to convert and seemed like an attacker, who was suffering from lack of confidence.

However, there is little doubt in Nandy’s mind about Adjah’s ability to contribute goals and assists consistently, as he backs the Ghanaian to rediscover his goal-scoring form.

Going into the match Nandy is expected to make a few tactical changes as Kushant Chauhan is likely to start with Adjah upfront which means Pankaj Moula will move to a more central role. Prosenjit Chakraborty could be preferred over Amarendu Chakraborty on the right wing while Balwinder Singh might be shifted from centre back to right back with Moses Zutah partnering Prosenjit Pal at the heart of the defence.

Nandy insisted that everyone‚ including the Black Panthers faithfuls must have faith in the team and have belief that they are capable of eking out the needed result against Rainbow AC.

Black Panthers Sign Ghanaian Defender Moses Zutah

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have added Ghanaian defender Moses Zutah to their roster for the ongoing Hero 2nd Division League 2018/19.

”I am very happy, thanks to the General Secretary Mr. Mohammad Qamaruddin and everyone for making this move possible. I am delighted to be a Black Panther,” Moses told mohammedansportingindia.com.

Moses joins the the Black Panthers from Ghana-based Revelation FC.  He has completed his registration at Indian Football Association (IFA) office this afternoon, and will be available for selection for Mohammedan Sporting’s second Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round fixture against Rainbow Athletic Club on Thursday.

Mohammedan SC off to winning start in GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup

DARJEELING: Mohammedan Sporting Club hammered BSS Sporting Club 3-0 to book their place in the semi-finals of the ongoing 2018 GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup on Wednesday at North Point School Ground in Darjeeling

Raghunath Nandi’s men were at their clinical best in the first-half against their Calcutta Premier Division rivals scoring thrice before the break.

Skipper Philip Adjah Tetteh started the ball rolling with two quick goals in the 5th and 7th minute respectively before he made it 3-0 in the 45th minute. Meanwhile, BSS Sporting Club also showed a lot of heart and fighting spirit to keep Mohammedan SC scoreless in the second 45.

Mohammedan SC looked dangerous from the outset with Adjah, Sumit Das, Prosenjit Chakraborty and Pankaj Maula forming a four-pronged attack that kept BSS Sporting Club’s defence well occupied.

Mohammedan SC’s blistering start was to pay dividends in the fifth minute when Adjah tapped home from close to put Mohammedan SC in the lead.

Having scored, Mohammedan SC began dominating every single play and it just took them two more minutes to find the back of the net again when Adjah got on the score-sheet with an impressive solo effort.

Mohammedan SC struck once again in the 45th minute through Adjah who held off a challenge before slotting home from inside the box and making it 3-0 going into the breather.

The Black Panthers maintained a total control in the second-half but they took their foot of the pedal.

Despite creating a number of opportunities to score they were unable to add to the first-half tally as BSS Sporting Club fought hard to keep the score respectable.

The Black Panthers will now face old foes Oil India, Dhulijan in the semi-final on Friday at Kalimpong.

Mohammedan SC XI: Laltu Mondal, Kamran Farraque, Prasenjit Paul, Seydou Mady, Snehashish Dutta, Satyam Sharma, Pankaj Maula, Sumit Das (Sumit Ghosh – 90′), Seiboi Haokip (Firoz Ali – 71′), Prasenjit Chakraborty, Philip Adjah Tetteh (Mohammad Amirul – 82′).

Black Panthers crown Gold Cup champions

BODOLAND, KOKRAJHAR, ASSAM: Mohammedan Sporting Club clinched the title in the 19th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup after beating Oil India 5-4 in a penalty shootout following a thrilling 0-0 draw on Sunday night.

It was an exceptional final with everything the thousands of fans who packed themselves into KDSA Stadium in Bodoland, Assam could have asked for.

Mohammedan SC started the brighter of the two teams and should have gone ahead; however, skipper Philip Adjah proved wasteful in his efforts, despite being put through on goal twice.

It was almost all Mohammedan SC for the first ten minutes, but as the match commenced Oil India slowly imposed their style on the match, slowing it in the midfield and then attacking into the final third at pace. They looked particularly dangerous through the overlapping runs of Jayanta Basumatary.

Nonetheless, Charles Atcha came closest to breaking the deadlock for Mohammedan SC in the 31st minute when he rose highest to head Safiul Rahman’s ball into the area; however, Oil India goalkeeper Nihal Das tipped the powerful effort on to the crossbar.

Then Adjah came close to opening the scoring with a fine 25-yard volley, but his effort narrowly missed the post as both teams went into the break scoreless.

The second-half saw Oil India starting to look more comfortable amongst themselves, with some great strings of passes pieced together in the middle, but they struggled to find that killer final pass.

Sourav Chakraborty, who got the nod for this match over Laltu Mondal, put in a stellar performance. The gloveman commanded his penalty area and was able to halt some powerful efforts from Oil India’s Tulya Das and William Gangte.

Also playing out of his skin today was Prosenjit Pal who managed the back-line with finesse and made a couple of incredibly crucial tackles to halt Sirandeep Moran, which Mohammedan SC really needed him to make.

Thereafter, the home side continued to probe and made an attacking substitution in search of the goal as Geremsha Basumatary replaced Tridip Hazarika in the 69th minute.

As the match progressed Oil India did all the attacking and it took everything Mohammedan SC had left in their tank to deny the onslaught from Oil India. Sourav also made a number of telling saves to keep his side in the contest.

At full-time with the teams deadlocked the match headed to directly to a penalty shootout where Black Panthers proved to be better shooters and prevailed 5-4.

Oil India was first up and both teams nailed their first two kicks. However, Sourav continued his heroics by halting the third kick from Oil India, and with Mohammedan SC slotting their remaining kicks, they were crowned winners of the 19th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup.

Mohammedan SC Wary Of Oil India’s ‘Revenge Mission’

KOKRAJHAR, BODOLAND, ASSAM: Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Raghunath Nandy has refused to buy into the favourites tag on his team’s head ahead of their Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup final clash against Oil India, Dhulijan.

The meeting set for Sunday night at KDSA Stadium in Bodoland, Assam sees two former champions go head-to-head in what is seen as a grudge match.

Black Panthers are currently enjoying a rich vein of form and will be looking at the likes of skipper Philip Adjah, Charles Atcha and Kamran Farooque for inspiration.

However, the final match will not be an easy one as Oil India lost 3-1 against Mohammedan SC earlier this month in the 65th Bordoloi Trophy final and with the result still fresh on everyone’s minds, Oil India will surely want to turn the tables around.

“We are fully aware that the opponent is eager to take revenge, and as such, we need to be on our toes. We have no right to be on flat foot. We need to be fully aware that we are playing against a team that has quality individuals,” Nandy told mohammedansportingindia.com.

The former East Bengal defender says the final will be a open contest despite exhibiting an output which has clearly put his team above their opponents for the championship clash.

For many a fan, Black Panthers are the favourite to win the ultimate at the knockout competition, but Nandy is not willing give ear to that assertion and insisted that Oil India have an equal chance of being crowned champions.

“We are not favourites. From a tactical point of view‚ the set up for both teams is almost similar. Both teams have the equal chance of winning the competition. Since this is a knockout tournament every game was like a final and it will be same against Oil India. We will put in our best to make sure we win,” Nandy said.

The veteran tactician also mentioned his team will go to the final aiming to put smiles on faces of Black Panthers faithful.

“We need to put smiles on the faces of our supporters. They are that driving force and they are that fuelling factor that is keeping us moving,” he conlcuded.

The match at KDSA Stadium in Bodoland, Assam will kick-off at 7 pm.

Mohammedan face ASEB in Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup semi

BODOLAND, KOKRAKHAR, ASSAM: Mohammedan Sporting Club will face former champions Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) in the semifinal of the 19th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup on Friday (November 23, 2018) at KDSA Ground in Bodoland, Assam, kick-off 7 pm.

Although Black Panthers defeated Daimalu FC, Udalguri 2-1 in the quarterfinal on Tuesday, coach Ragunath Nandy has admitted that his team were not at their best, but they did what needed to be done in order to get a result.

“In a tournament like this we have to be adapted to every situation. We have to be mentally ready because our aim is to qualify to the next round. Every match is different according to the situation. We will use the suitable strategy. We need to win and make our fans satisfied. I receive messages from fans who say they are happy with Mohammedan SC’s performance, and this makes us stronger,” he said.

Mohammedan pip Daimalu FC to reach Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup semis

KOKRAJHAR, BODOLAND, ASSAM: Mohammedan Sporting Club booked their place in the semifinals of the 19th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup after beating Udalguri-based Daimalu FC 2-1 in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday at KDSA Ground in Bodoland, Assam.

Debasish Pradhan (53′) and Philip Adjah (67′) were on target for Black Panthers before Daimalu FC pulled a goal back in stoppage time though Sukur Singh.

The game lacked any real rhythm in the opening exchanges with both sides guilty of squandering possession too easily, in what was a cagey and somewhat frustrating start to the game.

Mohammedan SC, though, looked the more likely to open the scoring and almost did so in the 8th minute when Charles Atcha forced his way through on the left side of the box only to shot into a defender.

Black Panthers were moving the ball swiftly and crispy using the pace of Adjah and Safiul Rahman to penetrating the defense of Daimalu FC.

Meanwhile, Daimalu FC had their first chance of the encounter in the 16th minute when they were awarded a free-kick just outside the box, however, it was expertly punched away by Laltu Mondal in the Mohammedan SC goal.

Five minutes later, Charles almost pulled Mohammedan SC ahead but his effort cleared the bar.

Mohammedan SC, at the half hour mark, had another chance when the enterprising Satyam Sharma crossed from the right and Adjah shot first time, but straight at the rival custodian.

Thereafter, neither side were able to create any further chances in the first-half with the score deadlocked 0-0 as the teams headed for the change room at the break.

The game burst into life after the interval. Daimalu FC goalkeeper was called into action in the first minute of the second-half and pulled off a stunning safe to deny Satyam.

Black Panthers were all over Daimalu FC and asking more and more questions. Daimalu FC keeper produced another glorious save to keep Raghu Nandy’s charges at bay when he denied Adjah in a one-on-one inside the box, diving full length to stop the ball from going in.

But the pressure eventually told and Mohammedan SC stormed into the lead when Debasish slotted from close range in the 53rd minute after receiving the ball from midfield.

The setback served to awaken Daimalu FC from their slumber and they threw players forward with abandon, in search of an equalizer.

While Daimalu FC pushed for the equalizer they left a lots of gaps in the process, which Mohammedan SC exploited when Adjah got on the score-sheet in the 67th minute.

Nonetheless, Daimalu FC did manage to find a consolation goal in recognition of their efforts as Sukur Singh slotted in stoppage time after a failed clearance by defender Ayan Roy Chowdhury fell for the midfielder.

Philip Adjah helps young footballer

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club skipper Philip Adjah Tetteh made an incredible gesture as the Ghanaian hit-man donated money to Rehan Alam, an underprivileged footballer from Club’s youth development programme.

The 8-year-old Rehan participated in Club’s AIFF Grassroots Football festival held at Mohammedan Sporting Ground on this past Wednesday where he caught the eye’s of Adjah, who attended the event as a guest.

Adjah donated money for Rehan’s education and bought a couple of pairs of boots for him. He also assured Rehan’s parents all kinds of future assistance.

Mohammedan SC Organised Annual Grassroots Festival

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club celebrated AIFF Annual Grassroots Football Day on Wednesday (14 November 2018) by organizing  Grassroots Football Festival at Mohammedan Sporting Ground. The Club has also inaugurated the Black Panthers Football Schools on the occasion.

Mohammedan SC — under newly appointed Head of Youth Development Yan Law and Chairman of Youth Development Programme SK. Wasim Akram — has intensified their grassroots activity with an aim to reach out to maximum number of kids from the Kolkata and neighbouring areas.

A large number of kids in the age group of 6 to 15 years from the Club’s Youth Development Programme participated in matches and drills that were both fun and engaging. Besides providing more footballing lessons, a key focus of this festival is to instil positive values in youths who are at the crucial stage of development.

While developing good players is part of the development strategy for the Club, having the coaches develop at the same pace as the players will be the key to success, and for the same Mohammedan Sporting Club is organizing AIFF ‘D’ License Coaching Course next month.

Mohammedan appoints Yan Law as Head of Youth Development

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club is delighted to announce the appointment Yan Law as the Head of Youth Development.

Mohammedan Sporting has been in recent times laying emphasis on youth development within the club and the appointment of Yan Law just shows that.

The 25-year-old has just completed AFC A license coaching course and has previously worked at TSG Hoffenheim Academy, Manchester United Academy and Arsenal FC Academy beside working as the All India Football Federation appointed Development Officer for West Bengal.

Yan Law holds FA Level 1 and Level 2 coaching license from UEFA and also a core committee member of the Association of Indian Football Coaches (AiFC). Yan Law has previously coached West Bengal Junior Football Team.